So on with the interview, enough of my ramblings you know I'm a bit of a chatter box. How's the arty life treating you?
As a poor starving artist, I'm still not retired, even without children or pets. I do love to read when I'm not painting or visiting the Shetland Isles, or off locally walking the countryside. I like a good read, who do you read I've noticed a couple of books dotted around? John le Carre, Ian Rankin, Alexander McCall Smith. I do like a spot of Line of Duty, Vera and films like Local Hero too.
When is your most productive time of the day to paint and how do you start?
I paint whenever I am inspired, and my most productive time varies. I usually paint in my studio which is part of the house, but outside is good to paint. Otherwise, the painting starts from sketches, a photograph or my imagination, I sketch it out first and then move to the canvas where I layer my colours up, to create the desired effect.
I've seen you working away at the Tirril Art club on a Monday evening and I don't think I've seen you painting the same painting by the end of the month. How long does it take you to complete a painting?
It varies from a few hours to a few weeks, or occasionally months – but I'm not full time! I'm not always satisfied with the results either!
So have you ever painted over one of your paintings you didn't think 'cut the mustard'?
Yes, once, but that’s not to say I shouldn’t have done so more often.
Where would you suggest anyone coming to Cumbria goes to paint or to visit?
There is lots of places; anywhere around Ullswater and then pop for a spot of lunch/evening meal at the Queen’s Head in Tirril.
So, now the interrogation is over where are we off to paint? I've brought my packed lunch, a flask of tea and a big padded cushion, I'm ready to get arty!
How does the Howtown steamer pier sound? We can sit in the shed, out of the rain, and there’s a great view of lake, trees, ducks, reflections …. Awesome it sounds perfect see you there in 30 minutes!